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[caption id="attachment_8992" align="alignright" width="225"] 100 Mile Bike Rides Are Now The NormSource: Cafe Press[/caption] #CycleSeptember was a personal challenge to myself to ride 650 miles in the month and they all had to be outdoors.  The reasoning behind #CycleSeptember was two-fold: My buddy Jeff rode 150 miles in one day and I thought to myself. What can you do? I want to have a big base of bike miles build into my legs so that when Ironman Chattanooga training begins I am not starting from scratch so to speak. At the ti...

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[caption id="attachment_8960" align="alignright" width="284"] Source: Motivational World[/caption] Runners are getting slower according to an article in the Wall Street Journal and this bothers me immensely.  The rationale for the slower times is the everybody gets a medal mentality.  There is a quote that stood out more than the others and that is saying something: "If you're going to get just as much praise for doing a four-hour marathon as a three-hour, why bother killing yourself training?" asked Robert Johnson, a founder of LetsRun....

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[caption id="attachment_8914" align="alignright" width="300"] Training Your Mind Is Not Just About Pushing ItSource: Triple Threat Triathlon[/caption] As endurance athletes we are extremely in tune with our bodies.  We know when we have the slightest hitch in our step.  We know the moment that our hunger strikes.  We can tell you what our pace and our heart rate is while out on a ride or run without looking at our watch.  What we fail to do a lot of times is connected to our mind.  Our brain has a way of getting pushed to the side so we...

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[caption id="attachment_8907" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Ironman[/caption] Tri clubs seems to be sprouting up all over the place and that is to be somewhat expected.  The popularity of the sport of triathlon continues to grow.  In the past couple of weeks the following has taken place: World Triathlon Corporation announces Ironman Chattanooga as next race and it sells out in 3 minutes. Challenge Family has announced that they will be hosting a race in the mid-atlantic region in 2014. With the popularity of triathlon a...

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Training tips for an upcoming Ironman race are strewn all over the internet.  Just type in Ironman Training Tips into Google and you will find 3.4 million results show up.  The problem now is figuring out which of these tips is the best and most applicable to your scenario.  You could sit there and read and read and read until the race is practically upon you.  There are some rules to follow that these training tips will point out but my training tips to you do not necessarily touch on the physical but more of the mental and how to stay hap...

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Cycle September is something I came up with after my buddy Jeff Irvin decided to ride approximate 440 miles in one week.  Was that the smartest thing he could have done?  Not a chance but it taught him a valuable lesson and that is that it is possible to do.  As endurance athletes we are always chasing the question:  What if?  What if I went this way?  What if I ate this?  What if I drank that?  What if my bike wasn't as heavy?  What if, what if, what if?  In asking that question Jeff pushed himself and came out the other side a stron...

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The role nutrition plays in the quality of a performance for any sport is now well established.  When it comes to the more physically demanding events, nutrition becomes evermore important. When you're looking at an activity that involves three disciplines - swimming, cycling and running - spread over several hours of continuous toil, nutrition is not only important for performance factors, it's crucial just to ensure you can complete such a race in the first place. You may have heard a saying amongst triathletes: complete before you com...

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[caption id="attachment_8833" align="alignright" width="280"] Source: NP Engage[/caption] Advocate for a healthy lifestyle, really plant-based lifestyle, were the words that stared at me this morning in an email. I was somewhat stunned by this because I never considered myself an advocate because truth be told I don't give a shit what you eat. Do not act surprised because you don't care what I eat either. What most people are looking for is some sense of community and belonging and in this manner I do care what you eat. The reason I say I...

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[caption id="attachment_8794" align="alignright" width="300"] No Meat Athlete Triathlon Roadmap is available today by clicking this link and making a purchase NMA Tri Roadmap[/caption] Triathlon can be an intimidating sport with all of these fit people walking around the expo and transition as if they have been swimming, biking and running since they were in the womb.  Lucky for me I never noticed these people, nor did I have a clue about what I was really getting myself into.  Fortunately for me, being naive about the sport of triathlon p...

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[caption id="attachment_8756" align="alignright" width="211"] These 4 Items Belong In Each Endurance Athletes Lifestyle But Not All Are Going To Be The Same.Source: Nutrition Translator[/caption] Triathlon diet and/or lifestyle there are those that are seeking the magic bullet and turning to sites and blogs, like mine, for answers.  I get questions and comments on all of the social media platforms that I am on seeking advice.  The problem with this advice seeking is that sometimes you can read the emotion and what they are really seeking i...

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Mental fitness or physical fitness was a conversation I had with myself as I ran the trails on Sunday morning.  It was cold and windy out.  I was facing the last long run of the weekend and the end of week one of taper for Lake Martin 100.  I began by going through the routine of whether or not I was ready for this race.  As the first mile ticked off I began to lose myself in the race strategy as well as what the pain would be like at mile 78 of the race.  Why mile 78?  No clue, it is just what popped into my head. [caption id="attachm...

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[caption id="attachment_8610" align="alignright" width="283"] Staying Flexible During Ironman Training Will Help Mentally And Physically.Source: Work Place Flexibility[/caption] Flexibility is not a word that many, if any, would use to describe me.  I got to yoga and it has helped with my swimming, but that isn't what I am talking about.  When it comes to flexibility I am talking about training overall.  I am OCD and Type A (surprise, surprise!) and when there is a box to check on training I want to check that box and I want to check it o...

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[caption id="attachment_8530" align="alignright" width="276"] The Now What Face?!?!Source: The Frigault Team[/caption] 'A' race is what we train days and weeks and months for.  We sweat and bleed for this A race.  We pour over data from our power meter and Garmin watch.  We watch every last calorie until that late night head in the pantry binge that you discount because you rode the trainer for 2 hours that morning and have a 1 hour run the next day so those calories don't count.  Our whole sense of being is focused on that A race and on...

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[caption id="attachment_8563" align="alignright" width="322"] Talent Comes From Other Items And Improves Your Tools EfficiencySource: Amidzic Consulting[/caption] Talent is something that you cannot buy.  Talent is something that you work at.  Talent can never be taken away.  Talent shows up when stuff fails and stuff will fail.  In the past twenty-four hours I have had two Twitter conversations and one talk with my step-son about stuff being less than talent.  The conversations started with a contest I posted on the CTER Facebook page ...

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[caption id="attachment_8492" align="alignright" width="211"] Is He The First To Break Maris' Record Of 62 Home Runs Or Do You Discount It Due To Performance Enhancing Drugs?[/caption] Performance enhancing drugs are all over the news of my favorite sport when I was growing up.  I use the caveat of when I was growing up because I'm not sure that baseball is my favorite sport anymore and part of that is due to the performance enhancing drugs.  A few years ago, after the players strike, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire wowed the world of baseball...

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[caption id="attachment_8541" align="alignright" width="267"] Moving and an Ironman have more than one common feature amongst them.[/caption] Moving and an Ironman would seem to have nothing in common but you would be very wrong.  Moving and an Ironman have so much in common that right now I am figuring out how to create a company similar to the World Triathlon Corporation or Challenge Family to create moving events around the world and showcase just how similar moving and an Ironman really are. Let's break down the stages of an Ironman ...

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Triathlon tips is a segment that I am going to implement on a quarterly basis.  Now that I am not training 18-20 hours per week I am able to do quite a bit of reflection of what my training has consisted of, what it will include and topics of discussion between Maria and John of No Limits Endurance Coaching and I. Triathlon is a sport consisting of 3 disciplines and each one plays into the next.  With having to 'master' all three of these events there is a lot of opportunity to leave time on the course and whether you are a World Champion,...

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[caption id="attachment_8175" align="alignright" width="164"] Adrienne Cleverly - Six Kick Switch[/caption] Adrienne of Six-Kick Switch and I have exchanged blogs for the day.  Adrienne is a part of the #EnduranceFoodies blog carnival and you have seen her amazing recipe creations previously, but if not click here, here and here.  So without further delay here is Adrienne and her guest post: ==================== Adrienne of Six-Kick Switch Takes Over Cook Train Eat Race Hi everyone! I’m Addy, from Six-Kick Switch. If you follow Jaso...

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Instagram is at the top of the list of daily enjoyments for me.  When I first started using Instagram I was looking for inspiration and motivation for the kitchen.  99.9% of my pictures are of meals I have created.  The reason for this is to showcase that making delicious and healthy meals does not take a Culinary Institute Of America trained chef, nor does it take a lot of fancy ingredients.  I like to make my meals simple and tasty, thus the hashtags #KeepItSimple and #KeepItTasty.  No reason to cloud the flavor of the ingredients in you...

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Taper seems to get a bad rap from our endurance sports community.  When a race is coming up I see tweets and Facebook posts about how heading into taper is the worst thing to happen and how will they every survive.  I will admit when I first got serious about this endurance lifestyle journey that tapering for a race was down right insanity.  I always questioned if I had done enough and would always want to do more.  I thought taper was going to cause such a drop in fitness that I pushed to keep doing more and more.  Taper was creating thi...

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